Fozzy Fitness Fears Cast Aside

Last updated : 04 January 2004 By Rob Cooper
Super striker Nicky Forster, who has hit eleven goals so far this season, is not going to spend a long spell on the sidelines, it has been confirmed.

Fans were shocked to see that the 30-year-old, who hadn't missed a game so far this season not even make the bench this afternoon for our game against Preston at Deepdale.

With no official news, rumours began to spread that Forster was set for a long and potentially costly spell on the sidelines. As a team short of strikers, we would not be able to afford to be without our leading marksman for a prolonged spell if the dream of moving up the table is to be realised.

But speaking after the game, assistant manager Kevin Dillon revealed that the number ten merely has a minor stomach injury and should be fit for next weekend's game against high-flying Ipswich.

"We left Forster at home with a stomach strain but we think he'll be ok next week. He's such an important player we didn't want to risk him," said Steve Coppell's number two to Reading World.

The Royals hardly seemed to miss Fozzy this afternoon as they managed to find the back of the net three times without him. Veteran Shaun Goater who has been out of action since mid November made a scoring return to the team, netting only his sixth goal for the club. However Goater's presence proved not to be enough as Reading only managed a 3-3 draw.

But should Forster be deemed unfit to make his return to action next weekend, the lively Dean Morgan and the tricky Bas Savage will both be hoping to take his first team spot alongside Goater, as will £150,000 signing Dave Kitson who is yet to make his debut for the club having officially become a Royals player on Boxing Day.
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